This is now a Liebster Blog!

Big thanks to Mel over at Featured Fiction | Prompted Writing Contests for nominating me for the Liebster Award.


In keeping with tradition, here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.

3. Nominate 11 other blogs with less than 500 followers.

4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Tag your nominees & post a comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them.

Mel set the following questions for her nominees to answer:

Morning or Night: Morning, but not too early please

Batman or Superman: Batman 

Pen or Keyboard: Keyboard, although I always carry a notebook and pen for ideas

Pancakes or Waffles: Pancakes if I’m making, Waffles if I’m eating

Twitter or Facebook: Twitter

Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings: Lord of the Rings

Tea or Coffee: Tea when I wake up, Coffee thereafter

Talking or Texting: Texting

Hot or cold: Hot

Books or Movies: Books

Cats or Dogs: Dogs because they are so loyal, but I am too afraid of them to own one.

To pass on this award, I nominate the following:

(note: I realise that not all of these awesome but somewhat specialist blogs will wish to take part as their readers do not want or expect posts such as this one. I nominate them because I think that my readers should pop across and check them out. Liebster means beloved, and I am trying to share the love, and point people at blogs they may not otherwise have found.)

TheLitCritGuy | Literature, Criticism & Theory – For Everyone, Everywhere.

Outmanned | When fart jokes and belching contests just aren’t enough.

Kerrie Ann Salsac | Writing for Life.

Momma Roars | TIME TO LET IT OUT.

stirlingwriter | putting thoughts on the page.

watchful creature | Fiction Writing/Advice/Chat.

Ericka Clay | AUTHOR.

Taking Words for a Stroll | Original poems for the young at heart.

fairmount | Bless your waters, bless your doubts..

gillybirds | What came first- the chickens or the blog?.

Jane Fae | A fine site.

For those who wish to take part, please answer the following:

  1. What is the last book that you read?
  2. Recommend a favourite book
  3. What is the last film that you watched?
  4. Recommend a favourite film
  5. Share a quote that inspires you
  6. How would you spend an ideal Sunday morning?
  7. When relaxing alone do you prefer music or silence?
  8. Have you ever learnt to play a musical instrument?
  9. If you could magically change one thing about yourself, what would you do?
  10. Where do you write?
  11. Do you have a hero and, if so, who?

Thank you for reading. Now I must go add another trophy to my sidebar…

Another award

Thank you to Gretchen over at Drifting Through My Open Mind for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.


These awards are a way of showing a little extra love towards other bloggers whose posts we particularly enjoy. 

In choosing to accept the award I need to tell you a few random things about myself, so here goes.

  1. In my youth I learned to play the piano, cornet, oboe and guitar, although the only instrument I took to any standard was the oboe.
  2. I worked as a volunteer on a kibbutz one summer when I was a student.
  3. I attended a U2 concert at a leisure centre in Belfast when I was 18 years old and the band were still relatively unknown. This concert included their first performance of ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ in Northern Ireland.
  4. My teenage daughter has had one of her short stories published in a book, something that I can only dream about.
  5. Over the past three years I have lost 40 pounds in weight and put 25 pounds back on. My wardrobe contains very few smart clothes that actually fit.
  6. I have yet to read a book by Margaret Atwood that I have not enjoyed.
  7. I can perform a raggedy three ball juggle but have yet to learn how to ride the unicycle we have in our shed.

I am now supposed to nominate half a dozen or so of the blogs that I enjoy reading for this award. In my opinion, these are all worth checking out.

From Casinos To Castles

Tales from the Motherland

Stay at Home Trauma

Rattle and Pen

Banjos and Bordeaux

Glimpses of Grace

I can now display the award badge on my sidebar, a little reminder that one of my readers was kind enough to send me this virtual hug.

I’m a Versatile Blogger!

Well now. I woke up this morning to discover that I have been nominated for a bloggy award.


Thank you so much to Swivel Freely for bestowing this honour on me. It is always lovely when people read my posts and totally delightful when they feed back to say that they have enjoyed what I write. I am feeling quite chuffed about this. I also get to display a little award button on my sidebar, can you see that? Click on the image to find out what this is all about.

Now I get to nominate fifteen blogs or bloggers that I think are excellent. Hold on tight and check these out:

1. Black. Bunched. Mass. Mom.

2. Homesick and Heatstruck.

3. The Waiting.

4. Are You Finished Yet?.

5. Not Taken, Not Available 

6. I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog 

7. Taking Words for a Stroll.

8. Momma Roars 

9. Janet’s Notebook

10. Perfection Pending 

11. The Green Study.

12. Gillybirds

13. Suzanne Askham’s Blog.

14. E.J.Kay’s blog 

15. Vernacularisms

Phew. If I haven’t linked you in up there, please don’t feel sad. There are just so many awesome bloggers to follow that I found it hard to narrow it down to fifteen.

And finally, I get to do my acceptance speech. Actually, I get to tell you seven things about me.

1. I collect teddy bears and always travel with a small bear my husband bought me early in our marriage. You can check out his Facebook page at Edward Gainsborough – Teddy Bear.

2. I have worked: on a checkout at a petrol station; as a waitress in a posh restaurant; as a cleaner at an art gallery; as a computer programmer, designer and tester.

3. I passed my driving test on my first attempt.

4. I suffer from vertigo.

5. My husband and I still live in the same house we moved into when we got married twenty-one years ago.

6. I am a practising Christian but no longer go to church.

7. I have travelled around Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australia but have yet to visit America.

So now you know. Have an awesome day 🙂